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All the Reasons we Love Garbicz
BY NICOLO ARGENTO
Try to imagine a door guarded by two unicorns, within an enchanted forest, by a magical lake with mind blowing music – even this description would not do justice to what is Garbicz. I won’t try to sell you a one-way ticket for this festival held the first week of August, just over the German border in Poland, but you will be tempted to stay even after it has officially ended. In fact, the best part of Garbicz starts when all the volunteers and workers also start joining the party. To go to this festival you have to be ready to listen to the best music you’ve ever heard.
For almost two years different groups of friends have invited me and tried to convince me to come along to the festival, but partly due to a lack of time and partly due to the expense of Burning Man (which I go to every year) I had always postponed, up until this year.
How to explain it in a few words? The creators want to offer an atypical festival compared to all the others with a great ecological and non-commercial stamp, created by a small group of artists, where music creates a connection between all the participants of this adventure. I must admit that in the beginning I was frightened by the idea of finding myself with all my super colourful clothes among the Berlin crowd, famous for their darker styles. But in reality the music transforms the differences into something magical and it is possible to explain it only through the big smile that me and all other festivalgoers have stuck on our faces during the festival. Another amazing feature that needs to be mentioned is the lake: whether you’ve just woken up or are dancing during a DJ set at the hottest hours, a dive into that water regenerates you completely.
The festival has 8 main stages, not taking into consideration the hidden ones or the improvised ones – I can tell you they are all worth visiting as they each have their own appeal and character. A surprising aspect of the festival is also the quality and offer of food, from vegan to Neapolitan pizza or the one and only burger, you will never stop being amazed.
I’ve tried to describe the various aspects of this festival but why it’s difficult to get down to it and explain to you why it’s so amazing as every time I think of Garbicz I have a huge smile on my face. In short: you must go!
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Festivalia Goes to Mexico City
Mexico City is becoming one of the new coolest destination for those who want to experience the energy of latin culture in a cosmopolitan and international city. Food, art, museums, music and nightlife: we’ve got you covered with our top 5 tips.
Contramar: Just the best seafood and Mexican experience in town. Do not miss the “Tuna Tostada”, it will blow your mind. Open only for “lunch” the kitchen closes at 8 pm, on Friday you can easily stay until 11 pm drinking tequila and mezcal like a real Chilango.
El M. N Roy is THE CLUB for a late night out. Built completely in wooden with the shape of a pyramid it is know for great acustic and for bringing the best electronic DJs. Walk your self around upstairs and you will find some hidden rooms that look over the dance floor.
El Parnita: considered the best taco place in town, it has the best atmosphere, always very full but just be patient they will be able to sit you.. Watch out with the sauces they serve as toppings for your tacos, especially the “chile habanero” one it is only for hot spicy lovers!
Casa Frida Kahlo: also know as Casa Azul is one of the most popular museums of the city; located in the beautiful and very traditional neighborhood of Coyoacan iit is a must for those who want to understand more about the life and work the most loved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her controversial love with her husband the artist Diego Rivera.
El Bosforo Mezcaleria: away from the most fashionable and cool neighborhoods like Condesa and Roma, this hidden bar is located in a small road in the historical city centre. It offers more then 40 artisanal varieties of Mezcal. The space is limited so make sure you get there early enough to get a good spot to start drinking and enjoy they super cool music that especially the owner likes to play on the weekends.
Festivalia x Mezcal Amores Experience
Back in March we had the fortune to meet our friends from Mezcal Amores in the agave fields outside Oaxaca to dress partygoers in unique Festivalia pieces, sip Mezcal, eat crickets, and dance until the sun came up.
The “Mezcal Amores Experience” has become an annual pilgrimage for those in the know, attracting chic crowds from Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York and Europe. The art and music party featured incredible music by Caleesi & Sarah Kreis from Berlin, Eli Light from New York, the Mexican NOCH (Alonso Rivero), Maga and Unders- click on the links to hear their amazing sets!
The agave became the backdrop of a laser light show by Paolo Montiel, and neon art by Olivia Steele took center stage to get our spirits higher… and higher.
Did you know that, if you drink mezcal the right way, it really does get you high – not drunk? Click through to see the images and get an inside look at the magical mezcal experience! All images courtesy of Nicolas de Panam.
10 Questions With BLOND:ISH
In the latter part of 2018, BLOND:ISH moved into a new phase in their history, with Vivie-ann Bakos taking sole charge of the DJ double-act she originally shared with Anstascia D’Elene Corniere.
The start of this year already has proven incredibly busy (but exciting) with non-stop international pitstops for her beloved sets. “The music I play is uplifting and positive,” Vivie-ann explains. “There’s no darkness, no minimal. My download in terms of musical vibe is to present positive, happy and inspirational house and techno music to excite your seven senses. We can’t wait to see what this year has in store for BLOND:ISH and us lucky listeners.
But now, let’s play 10 Questions…
- What brings you the greatest joy?
Watching nature do its thing. Like ants carrying food to their colony, or a bee in a flower, or leaves rustling in the wind… these things are instantly grounding.
- Favourite musician/DJ:
- Favourite song of all times:
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams, because it’s the only song that successfully was played at an after party on repeat for 8 hours in a row.
- If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be?
A dolphin, because they are highly evolved species that use frequencies to another level
- Who would you take on a date on space and why?
I wouldn’t – I would tell everyone else to go to space, so I can have the earth to myself with my date. My date would be my girlfriend Liana, she’s the best.
- Are you a bathroom singer?
When I’m trying to come up with melodies for a new groove I’ve written, yes. Other than that, not so much.
- What are the last three items on your credit card statement?
Airport food and water charges!
- Which 4 people are on the guest list for your ideal dinner party – dead or alive?
- What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
- Best gig you’ve ever played?
The last one that I remember was Day Zero in Tulum, post sunrise in January earlier this year.
Catch BLOND:ISH at all corners of the world in the coming weeks, including:
28th March – Soho Garden, Dubai
29th March – Pacha, Austria
12th & 18th April – Coachella
20th April – Audio, San Francisco